We had the good fortune of connecting with Arzu Tekir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arzu, what do you attribute your success to?
Grit and having a support net; my personal advisory board and loving husband guiding, supporting, and encouraging me to evolve. A day is 24 hours; let’s say we work 8 hours a day. How you live the 16 hours, two-thirds of your life is also critical to your work success. I believe the health crisis, climate crisis, and economic recession we have been facing forces us to rethink success, happiness, and our way of living. Success has a different meaning to me at this moment. When I create a positive change in someone’s journey or in a business’s journey by working, being, or talking with them, I feel success. When someone tells me that something I said or did inspire or helped them somewhere along the way, I feel successful. When I can say no to any prospect whose values don’t align with mine, I feel success too.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I founded Urbanite Venture to help urban tech companies transform cities. Urbanite Venture is a growth consulting firm with expertise in smart cities, urban innovation, and fundraising. We help startups and investors accelerate growth through consulting services, capability building, and connections that are tailored to startup’s current state and the need to scale fast. To companies solving urban problems, Urbanite Venture is the independent advisor and business partner that brings new market opportunities, better relations with city administrations, effective business development plans, and capital. The startups reimagine the city and bring new solutions that urbanites need; we bring the resources, tools, and guidance to help their business thrive. All this pandemic and the impact of the climate crisis we’ve been facing right now and top of that, migration from the conflicted zones to developed cities and countries, increasing population in cities show us we need to have a holistic approach when we develop a smart city. A few months ago we developed a collaboration with Sunovatech, which is one of the leading studios offering Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) services and creating sensational VR content. We will expand Sunovatech’s Immersive Reality (Virtual and Augmented Reality) solutions to the US. Life during the pandemic is challenging, and VR seems tailor-made for this moment. So, we’re going to strategize virtual reality programming for young students first, and then we’ll develop a strategy for VR for cities. VR is an incredibly powerful tool for communicating design intent, offering an ability to understand spatial relationships and scale and to evoke a visceral response in the same way that physical environment and architecture can. So, I’m really excited these days. In the last quarter of 2020, we are planning to organize a virtual smart mobility summit and launch an updated version of my eBook; Blockchain for Smart Cities, Simplified which was translated in Chinese too. Here is the link for those who might be interested: https://www.urbaniteventure.com/ebook-blockchain-for-smart-cities.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d recommend the newbies to attend or participate in Venture Cafe Miami’s monthly events at CIC Miami and Endeavor Miami’s events to do networking, meeting interesting people, and learn more about the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Miami. Love Life Coffee in Wynwood is one of my favorite places to go. Their vegan burger is the best burger I’ve ever had. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens reminds me of the museums in Europe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I attribute a significant part of my success to all of the brilliant people that have crossed my path; These are colleagues, mentors, educators, friends, clients, business partners, and family. I have a long list, so I don’t want to miss any names. I can tell that I learned and get recognized thanks to various organizations, though; Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program, Cornell University Women ‘s Entrepreneurship Program, Dell Women Entrepreneurship Network, Ellevate Network, American Turkish Society’s Young Society Leaders Program, and Arya Women Investment Platform. I’d also add WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies to the list as well. Here is the list of book that I recommend female professionals and entrepreneurs: The Confidence Code The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know Katty Kay, Claire Shipman https://theconfidencecode.com/ Stop Self Sabotage Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way Dr. Judy Ho https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062874344/stop-self-sabotage/ Know Your Value Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth Mika Brzezinski https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/mikabrzezinski/know-your-value/9781602865952/ Boss Bitch A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your CareerNicole Lapin https://nicolelapin.com/boss-bitch/ Own It The Power of Women at Work Sallie Krawcheck https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/535124/own-it-by-sallie-krawcheck/ Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others Allison Shapira https://globalpublicspeaking.com/speak-with-impact-book/
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